Womens Writing on the First World War

Paperback | March 1, 2002

EditorAgnes Cardinal, Dorothy Goldman, Judith Hattaway

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The First World War inspired a huge outpouring of writing, including many classic accounts of the horrors of the trenches, written by men. What has been less visible until now is the War's impact upon women writers, whose experience was often very different from that of their malecounterparts. This anthology brings together women's writing from across the world, covering every genre of writing about the War from the period 1914 to 1930. Letters, diary entries, reportage, and essays, as well as polemical texts in favour of, or in opposition to, the hostilities, offer aninteresting counterpoint to the novels and short stories through which women sought to encompass the extremes of wartime life as they saw it. This anthology demonstrates how the Great War acted as a catalyst for women writers, enabling them to find a public voice and to assert their own attitude tosocial and moral issues.

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The First World War inspired a huge outpouring of writing, including many classic accounts of the horrors of the trenches, written by men. What has been less visible until now is the War's impact upon women writers, whose experience was often very different from that of their malecounterparts. This anthology brings together women's wri...

Agnes Cardinal is Lecturer in Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury Dorothy Goldman is an independent writer and researcher Judith Hattaway is Lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198122810

ISBN - 13:9780198122814

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IntroductionPart I: The War Begins1. Sheila Kaye-Smith (1887-1956): Three Ways Home2. Radclyffe Hall (1993-1943): Fraulein Schwartz3. Margot Asquith (1864-1945): War4. Lena Christ (1881-1920): Spies!5. Adrienne Thomas (1897-1920): Katrin Becomes a Soldier6. Hilda M. Freeman (born c.1890): In Germany7. E. Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960): Christmas 19148. Maude Gonne (1866-1953): Letter to William Butler YeatsbPart II: The War Observed/b9. Dorothy Canfield (1879-1958): La Pharmacienne10. Rebecca West (1892-1983): The Cordite Makers11. M. A. St Clair Stobart (?-1954): A Woman in the Midst of War12. May Sinclair (1863-1946)13. Claire de Pratz (?-1916?): A Frenchwomans Notes on the War14. Cicely Mary Hamilton (1872-1952): Senlis15. Annelise Ruegg (1879-1934): Travels in Wartime16. May Boyle O'Reilly (1873-1937): In Berlin17. Kate Kestien: A Night in a German Munitions Factory18. Mildred Aldrich (1853-1928): On the Edge of the War ZonebPart III: The War Comes Home/b19. Augusta Isabella Gregory (1852-1932): The Folk-Lore of the War20. Olive Schreiner (1855-1920): Letters21. J. E. Buckrose (?-1931): War Economy22. Sarah MacDonald: Simple Health Talks23. Monica Cosens: 667624. Dorothy Peel (1872-1934): Housekeeping in War Time25. Blanche Wills Chandler: A Pattern of Propriety26. Blanche Wills Chandler: A Little Nest Egg27. Ellen La Motte (1873-1961): Women and Wives28. Lucie Delarue-Mardrus (1880-?): The Godmother29. Matilde Serao (1856-1927): It was the Will of God30. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954): They are the Same31. Marcelle Capy: The War Got Him32. Ellen La Motte (1873-1961): A Belgian Civilian33. Vera Brittain (1893-1970): Roland LeightonbPart IV: Towards the Front/b34. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954): An English Camp35. Gertrude Stein (1874-1946): The War36. Mademoiselle Miss: Letter VII37. Gladys de Havilland: The Fannys38. Helen Zenna Smith (1901-1985): Not So Quiet39. Maria Napflin (1896-?): Morphine40. Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948): To the Front with Botchkareva41. Frances Wilson Huard (1885-?): My Home in the Field of Mercy42. Alexandra Pilsudski (1880?-?): Memoirs43. Zofia Nalkowska (1885-1954): Count EmilbPart V: Writing the War/b44. Enid Bagnold (1889-1981): 45. Fanny Kemble Johnson (1868-?): The Strange-Looking Man46. Vernon Lee (1856-1936): The Ballet of the Nations47. Claire Goll (1891-1977): The Hands of Wax48. Constance Holme (1880-1955): Speeding up, 191749. Florence Kiper Frank (1885-1976): The Moving-Picture Show50. Phyllis Campbell: Back of the Front51. Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923): An Indiscreet Journey52. H.D. (1886-1961): Asphodel53. Mary Borden (1886-1968): The Beach54. Mary Butts (1890-1937): Speed the Plough55. Mrs Henry Dudeney (1866-1945): Missing56. Helen Thomas (1877-1967): World Without End57. Liesbeth Dill (1877-1962): Political Porcelain58. Edith Wharton (1862-1937): Writing a War Story59. Berta Lask (1878-1967): Women in Battle60. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): DiarybPart VI: Retrospect/b61. Jo Mihaly (1802-1994): War Diary62. Louise Weiss (1893-1983): Memoirs63. Edith Wharton (1862-1937): Coming Home64. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954): The Child of the Enemy65. Helen Thomas (1877-1967): Ivor Gurney66. Frances Partridge (1900- ): Back to the First World War68. Radclyffe Hall (1883-1943): Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself69. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): The Shooting Party70. Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978): My Mother Won the War

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`this ground-breaking anthology brings to light many voices that have been forgotten or neglected over time ... a dauntingly wide array of perspectives on WW 1, from both sides of the fighting, and offering masterful reportage, narrative, and fictional accounts.'B. Adler, Choice, Sept. 00.